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Straight Up | January 2024

A conversation with everyday Stockmen,

Featuring Dustin Frey, Frey Angus Ranch of Granville, N.D.



About the Stockman.

"I’m a third-generation Angus breeder in northcentral North Dakota at Frey Angus which was started in the early 1950s by my grandfather, Allen E. Frey. Today Frey Angus Ranch is owned and operated by Lynn, Arlen, Ed, Lance, and Dustin Frey. This February 4th, 2024, will mark the 49th annual production sale which will include 120 registered Angus yearling bulls, 35 bred females, and 30 commercial bred females."


What about the beef cattle industry excites you the most?

"What excites me the most is the passion, work ethic, and the drive that fellow cattle producers put forth into the industry."


What is your least favorite job on the ranch?

"Thawing a frozen Ritchie water tank in subzero weather."


What is the most used tool on your ranch? How old is it?

"I’m going to narrow this down to two most used tools: a Montana post pounder and the Rawhide portable corral."


What is your go-to sorting apparatus?

"A good horse and a paddle or flag."



Describe your best or worst day.

"One could pick many best or worst days, but for me it’s hard to pinpoint one as I feel humbled to be able to work with family and keep the family business and legacy going for years to come."


Your favorite non-ranch activity to do in your free time?

"There isn’t much free time, but my non-farm activity would be doing a little sightseeing while traveling across the country to sales or making deliveries."


The most important lesson you’ve learned in this business?

"Developing an honest and trustworthy relationship."


Which animal (any species) has left the greatest impact on you?

"I could list many cows or sires; however, I believe in large sire groups of daughters leaving a lasting impact on the sustainability of the herd."



Upcoming Sale:

Annual Production Sale

February 4, 2024 - Granville, N.D.


Photos courtesy Dustin Frey

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